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Bucki, Mary Jane 91

  • Ross Township , Formerly of West View
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane (Voegtly) Bucki, 91, of Ross Township, formerly of West View, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Bucki; dear sister of Greta Nicklas, Gloria Belohlavek, John Voegtly and the late Jewel Allison, James Voegtly and Amieda Repitske; and also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mary Jane worked her entire life as a finisher, polisher and inspector at John Unertl Optical. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards and eating out with her family and friends and was an avid Pirates fan. Family will welcome friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to a charity of your choice. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Gronsky, Gloria M. 86

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1928-03-30
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Gloria M. Gronsky, 86, of Gibsonia, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. She was born March 30, 1928, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Howard and Sophia (Proskey) Brandt. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Gronsky. She was a retired employee of Woolworth's and was a member of St. Victor Church, Bairdford, where she was active with the Ladies Guild. She was the cherished mother of her six children, Christine (Joseph) Romano, of Greensburg, Michael (Susann) Gronsky, of McCandless, Judith (John) Ruhl, of Sarver, Jeffrey Gronsky, of Ligonier, Gregg (Clair) Gronsky, of Cheswick, and Cathy (Daniel) Gaston, of Sarver; deeply loved by her 10 grandchildren, Jonathan (Jennifer) Gronsky, Megan Romano, Bradley (Jaqueline) Gronsky, Michael (Jennifer) Gronsky, Adam (Nicole) Gronsky, Angela (Michael) Petrosky, Rebecca Gronsky, Nathaniel Ruhl, Alyssa (fiancee Adam Bania) Gaston and Derek (Kiersten) Gaston; and her true joys, great-grandchildren Olivia, Addalyne, Chase, Ethan, Lucienna and Hayden. She is also survived by her siblings, Patricia Hipkiss, Howard (Teresa) Brandt Jr., Thomas (Barbara) Brandt and Judith (James) Erick; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff of the VNA visiting nurses and their inpatient hospice for the kindness and care shown to our loved one. Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Victor Church, Bairdford, with Father Charles Speicher, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Herr, Helen D. 96

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1918-05-26
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Helen D. Herr, 96, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Platinum Ridge Center, Brackenridge. She had been in ill health for the past several years. Helen was born May 26, 1918, in New Kensington, the daughter of the late Francis and Helen Havrilla Miller. She served as a crossing guard for Highlands School District for 25 years at the corner of Freeport Road and Montana Ave. Helen was a resident of the area most of her life and was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Brackenridge. She is survived by her daughter, Marlene (Joseph) Horning, of Natrona Heights; her granddaughter, Jennifer (David) Luzik, of Natrona Heights; and by her grandson, Terry McInnes, of New Kensington. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gustav Herr, on Feb. 21, 1974, and by her daughter, Evelyn McInnes on May 3, 1994. Funeral services for Helen were private. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Ihrig Sr., Henry G. 91

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Henry G. "Hank" Ihrig Sr., 91, of Monroeville, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary K. (Edge) Ihrig; loving father of Henry (Paula) Ihrig Jr., Kathryn (Mike) Bort, Janice (Stephen) Kovacs, Barbara Warner and Anita Mullen; dear grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 12. "Hank" was a World War II Army veteran and retired from the Elliott Company in Jeannette after 25 years of service. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bernadette Parish. Interment with military honors will follow at Twin Valley Memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Ladies of Charity, St. Bernadette Parish, 245 Azalea Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146 or the Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy at http://www.parentproject.md.org. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Jones, James A. 84

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-08-13
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Craig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • James A. Jones, 86, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in McKeesport, a son of the late Edwin W. and Arthurine (Bonnet) Jones. Jim was retired after 45 years of service at Bettis Atomic in West Mifflin, he was a member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church and East McKeesport Lodge 765 F and AM. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou (Culbert) Jones; three sons, J. Mark (Cindy) Jones, J. David (Susan) Jones and Neil R. (Terri) Jones; a sister, Carol McLaughlin; and eight grandchildren. According to Jim's wishes there is no visitation. A private family service was held in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., of McKeesport. Private Burial took place in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. The family is requesting contribution in Jim's name to the UPMC Cancer Center at McKeesport Hospital or the Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
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Kacsmar, Sophia 90

  • Whitaker
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Sophia (Manakos) Kacsmar, 90, of Whitaker, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Kacsmar; and mother of John Daniel Kacsmar, Patrick Kacsmar, David (Juana) Kacsmar and Robert Kacsmar. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Rita Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Lafferty, Jean R.

  • Died: 2014-08-10
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Jean R. Lafferty died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. She was the wife of the late Richard E.; daughter of the late Mildred Donnelly; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and her friends, Kim and John Sabol. Jean was a nurse at Kane Hospital and Asbury Heights. She loved music and sang with the Sweet Adelines for many years. There will be no public visitation. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, contributions requested for the Pittsburgh Symphony or the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
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Rubash, Agnes M. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1924-05-10
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Agnes M. Rubash, 90, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Agnes was a colorful woman whose sense of humor, easy smile and caring personality endeared her to many. She was born Agnes Maxine Bertovic on May 10, 1924, in Universal. She was a daughter of the late Peter Michael Bertovic and Agatha Luketich Bertovic. She has a surviving sister, Francis Remezo, of Murrysville. Agnes was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Daniel and Thomas; as well as her sisters, Ann Rady, Mary Kumer, Rose Keenan, Helen Sheedy and Sally Marince. Harry Lawrence Rubash and Aggie were married for more than 40 years, until his death in 1986. They were longtime residents of Turtle Creek, where they raised their family. Aggie is survived in death by her two loving sons, Harry E. Rubash, M.D., of Weston, Mass., and Peter M. Rubash, J.D., of Churchill; her daughters-in-law, Kimberly Rubash, of Weston, and Terri Rubash, of Churchill; and her six grandchildren, Bradley, Steven, Kristin, Elizabeth, Caroline and Peter. Aggie and Harry were active members of the SNPJ Lodge for many years. They also belonged to the Turtle Creek Methodist Church and the SubAlpine Social Club. Viewing will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 118 Shaw Ave., Turtle Creek (412-823-1950). A brief service will follow and there will be a private interment at Plum Creek Cemetery. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Ruffolo, Michelle 55

  • Wilmerding
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michelle Ruffolo, 55, of Wilmerding, completed her earthly journey after a courageous battle Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Edgar Ruffolo, of East McKeesport, and the late Ondraie Ruffolo; loving daughter of Anna Marie (Azzolini) Ruffolo and the late Ernest "Jumbo" Ruffolo; dear sister of Christine Probola, of Forest Hills, Frank (Carrie) Ruffolo, of Brookville, and Mark (Marianne) Ruffolo, of Swissvale; proud grandmother of Zander Ruffolo; niece of Lou and Maxine Azzolini, of Swissvale; and very dear friend of Edgar Loving. Michelle was a former employee of Wabco in Wilmerding. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Good Shepherd Church.
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Sholder, John P. 65

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-08-06
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John Paul Sholder, 65, of Wilkins Township, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. He was the brother of Judy Kane; uncle of Christopher and Brian Kane; and is also survived by his uncle, Jon Niehl, of Chicago, Ill.; his aunt, Arvella Haines, of California; and numerous cousins. John was a 1967 graduate of Churchill High School and a 1971 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was a career retail sales associate, having been employed by Wander Sales, The Appliance Store, Perla's and lastly Sears at Penn Center. John was an aficionado of all literature and reading ranging from the classics to comic books. He also was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Friends and family are invited to a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in St. Colman Church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 810 River Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or http://www.lung.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Stephenson, Helen 90

  • Versailles
  • Born: 1924-01-31
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Helen Stephenson, 90, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in her home. Born Jan. 31, 1924, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kucharik) Martinek and the wife of the late Thomas H. Stephenson. Helen was an inspirational mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and devoted her life to caring for her family. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the Westinghouse Transportation Division in West Mifflin and the Youghiogheny Board of Realtors Association. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by siblings, Johanna (John) Pranaitis, Mary (John) Rohosky, Joseph (Pauline) Martinek; and her first-born granddaughter, Lauren Elise Thompson. She is survived by her children, Eileen Stephenson, of Lake Benton, Minn., Karen Thompson (Earl) Highlands, of Hempfield Township, and Nancy (Rick) Sporio, of Elizabeth; granddaughters, Brianne (John) Ulm, of Irwin, Aurley Sporio and Kerstin Highlands, both at home; a great-granddaughter, Braelyn Ulm; and loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made and payable to "Lauren's Wing - The Fund for Animal Care" at Action for Animals Humane Society, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15651, Attn: Lauren's Wing or online at http://www.LaurensWing.org. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Stokes Sr., Ned H. 91

  • Ross
  • Born: 1922-09-23
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ned Harold Stokes Sr., 91, of Ross, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. He was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Johnstown, Pa., a son of the late Horace and Julia (Peden) Stokes. He was the beloved husband of the late Ella E. (Stortz) Stokes and the late Helen (Miller) Stokes; and loving father of Shelby (James) Carmack, Ned H. (Marian) Stokes Jr., James K. (Linda) Stokes, Timothy G. (Judy) Stokes, Jay K. Stokes and Leslie J. (Roy) Grimm. He is also survived by two stepchildren, Carole H. Holliday and William D. Waugh, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George "Buzz" Stokes; and a sister, Elinetta Keifer. Ned was a proud World War II veteran, having served in the Navy aboard the USS Rush and the USS Shubrick. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a mechanical engineer with Detroit Stoker. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, West View VFW, Sons of the American Revolution, Christopher Gist Chapter, and was also a 60-year member of Corinthian Lodge 573 of the Free and Accepted Masons. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, c/o Youth Group, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Arrangements by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Tognarine, Ethel M. 73

  • Baldwin , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1941-05-31
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel Mae Tognarine, 73, of Baldwin, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after a long illness in Baldwin Rehab Center. Born May 31, 1941, in Mt. Lake Park, Garrett County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Lena Fresh. She was retired from Jefferson Hospital and the Salvation Army. She is preceded in death by her husband, Regis J. Tognarine; daugher, Lorraine Zoscak; and brother, William Fresh, of Elizabeth. She is survived by daughters, Linda (Robert) Marzec, of Baldwin, Mary Lou (Pete) Evanchak, of Port Vue, and Cheryl (Brad) Reber, of North Carolina; brother, Joseph McRobie, of Tennessee, and sister, Mary Fresh, of Maryland; sister-in-law of Chris (Charlene) Tognarine, of Jefferson Hills, Geno (Patricia) Tognarine, of McKeesport, and Judith Fresh, of Elizabeth; and is also survived by nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Interment will follow in Roundhill Cemetery, Elizabeth. The family of Ethel requests memorial donations be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Pittsburgh, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, (http://www.wpahumane.org), as she adored her animals. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Andognozzi, Jeanne A. 74

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1939-11-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Jeanne A. (Cinciripini) Andognozzi, 74, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in the Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Lawrenceville, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Sperduto) Cinciripini. Jeanne was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Clarence Rogozinski. Surviving is her husband of 51 years, Fausto Paul "Andy" Andognozzi; a son, Vincent J. Andognozzi and his wife, Kimberly, of North Huntingdon; brother and sisters, Diane M. Rogozinski, of Irwin, Josephine F. Matlak and her husband, Richard, of Massachusetts, Paul Michael Cinciripini and his wife, Lynn, of Texas; two grandchildren, Angel Marie and Kristina Noel Andognozzi; sister-in-law, Jenny Catalana and her husband, George, of North Hills; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. To send online condolences, please visit http://www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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Cianflone, Angelo D. 74

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1940-04-27
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Angelo D. Cianflone, 74, of Lower Burrell, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born April 27, 1940, in New Kensington, son of the late Fred and Jennie (Capello) Cianflone. He was the husband of Donnetta (D'Achille) Cianflone for 43 years, of Lower Burrell. He was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. He served as a Sacristan for the church for many years. He worked for U.S. Steel for many years as a draftsman. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Mr. Cianflone enjoyed helping people and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Donnetta (D'Achille) Cianflone, of 43 years, of Lower Burrell; and two daughters, Nicole Cianflone, of Lower Burrell, and Erin Cianflone, of Lower Burrell. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Dorn, Cynthia L. 62

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1952-07-24
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Cynthia L. Dorn, 62, of New Alexandria, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at her residence. Born July 24, 1952, in Seminole, Okla., she was a daughter of the late Gerald Rennick and Jean (Weigand) Rennick. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory J. Dorn. Cynthia is survived by two sons, Garrett J. Dorn, of Roanoke, Va., and Grant J. Dorn, and his wife, Elicia, of Augusta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Grayden J. Dorn and Griffin J. Dorn; and one brother, Jerry Rennick and his wife, Mary Ann, of San Bernardino, Calif. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment are private. Arrangements are being handled by the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Gibbon, Catherine 86

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1928-03-25
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Catherine Gibbon departed this world Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from the Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, where she had only been a resident for seven days. She lived a life of courage, laughter and love for 86 years. Catherine began her life March 25, 1928, born to Naomi Ora Gibbon, in West Leechburg. She spent her formative years residing with her mother, (Naomi); grandparents, (Thomas and Naomi Gertrude Gibbon); and aunt, (Emily Canter). As an adult, Catherine became a fixture at the G.C. Murphy Five and Dime store in Vandergrift, where she worked for 36 years. Many people fondly remember Catherine behind the candy counter or working the sales floor of this local store. Upon her retirement from the G.C. Murphy Company, Catherine established residence at McMurtry Towers in Vandergrift. Here she proudly served many years as the Treasurer of the General Residence Fund. Through the years, Catherine was a dedicated Christian who worked diligently to serve others. She was a member of the Apollo Free Methodist Church and it is here that her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Local arrangements are by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10TH Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084, 724-224-1526. Catherine is survived by her beloved aunt, Emily Canter, who was like a sister to her, and pseudo- niece and cousin, Debbie Burnette (Dean). Most importantly, Catherine leaves behind many family and friends whose lives had been made richer for having known her. She will be missed and remembered fondly. Visit: http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Salvation Army Association.
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Hughes Sr., Harold R. 87

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1926-12-31
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Harold R. "Windy" Hughes Sr., 86, of Vandergrift, went to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was born Dec. 31, 1926, a son of the late Vernon Hughes Sr. and Margaret (Peg) Iseman and stepson of Dwight (Whitey) Iseman. Harold worked at B and W, Sears and Kmart. He was an Army veteran, a life member of Apollo No. 2 Fire Company, a member of Apollo Free Methodist church and an animal lover. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, socializing, watching the Steelers, western shows and crime shows. He was also a member of the Schenley American Legion. Harold is survived by his wife, Lois Hughes; two daughters, Donna (Patrick) Wysocki, of Apollo, and Jody Bowersox, of Apollo; a son, Harold (Bonnie) Hughes Jr., of Apollo; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and an extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Hughes Jr.; and a grandson. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, with a service at 4 p.m., at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006, with Pastor States officiating.
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McElhinny, Elmer J. 87

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1926-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Elmer J. McElhinny, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Margaret (Fuehr) McElhinny. Elmer was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and a member of St. Bruno Parish in Greensburg. He retired in 1981 from Swift Industries Home Builders as an architectural designer. Elmer is survived by his wife, Patricia J. (McMahon) McElhinny; sons, Edward J. (Margaret) McElhinny, of Port Vue, and Thomas A. (Lori) McElhinny, of Port Vue; daughters, Sherry M. (Paul) Merritt, of Greensburg, and Lisa M. (Gerald) Stofko, of Johnstown; sisters, Evelyn Simon, of Rhode Island, and Thelma (Richard) Caito, of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Sven (Donna) McElhinny, of White Oak, and Gerard (R.K.) McElhinny, of Pittsburgh; sisters-in-law, Eileen McElhinny, of Pittsburgh, and Phyllis McElhinny, of York; son-in law, Mark Schaitkin; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Elmer was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Schaitkin; and brothers, Albert, Walter and Conrad McElhinny. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township, with Father Matthew Reese as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial contributions in Elmer's name should be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Milyak Sr., Robert P. 70

  • Unity Township
  • Born: 1943-12-28
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Gaut-Bacha, Pleasant Unity | Get Directions
  • Robert P. Milyak Sr., 70, of Unity Township, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Latrobe, a son of the late John S. and Anna A. (Labuda) Milyak. Prior to retirement, he was a truck driver for Owens and Minor, Greensburg, and previously worked at Latrobe Steel. He was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite. Bob was a life member and former Fire Chief of the Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Western Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Firemens associations, Norvelt Firemens' Club and Hecla Sportsmens Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter; and two brothers, Leonard A. and John J. Milyak. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen L. (Davis) Milyak; his daughter, Paula S. Aiello and husband, Fred; his son, Robert P. Milyak Jr. and wife, Kimberly, all of Unity Township; seven grandchildren, Kerrick A. Scott, Ryan J., Nicholas R., Anthony J. and Alexander J. "Chooch" Aiello and Anna E. and Abigale G. Milyak; a brother, Gerald M. Milyak, of Jeannette; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no visitation or viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, with the Rev. Daniel L. Blout as celebrant. Private inurnment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Benedict Church, 260 Bruno Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 or to Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 173, Pleasant Unity, PA 15676. http://www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Ruzina, Bernard J. 81

  • Yukon
  • Born: 1932-11-10
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Beatty-Rich, Madison | Get Directions
  • Bernard J. Ruzina, 81, of Yukon, Pa., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Yukon, a son of the late George and Mary (Oravec) Ruzina. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the former Robert Shaw Manufacturing Co. in New Stanton as a machinist. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy. He was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Yukon and was also a member of the Yukon Slovenian Hall Lodge No. 729, the Slovene Heritage Association of Pittsburgh and the Yukon Lions Club, having served as past president and secretary. He was a pitcher for the Yukon Baseball League in the 1960s and he loved to dance, loved hunting and fishing and all sports. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, August, Bennie, Bobbie and George Ruzina; and a sister, Katherine Albert. Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Betty (Mackovsek) Ruzina; a daughter, Lisa Genta and her husband, Anthony, of Sarver; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and two brothers; Ronald Ruzina and his wife, Tina, of Mt. Pleasant, and Joseph Ruzina, of Colorado. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME, Route 136, Madison. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with Father Jonathan Wisneski officiating. Interment will follow in Seven Dolors Church Cemetery, Yukon.
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Scott, Joseph C. 82

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1931-12-05
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Joseph C. Scott, 82, of Trafford, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in the Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Joseph was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Edward and Lydia (Cromie) Scott. He grew up in East Liberty and graduated from Peabody High School. Joseph was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the Army. He was actively involved in the Level Green community, including coaching and expanding the athletic association to include girls' softball. He was a retired insurance agent and member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve G. Scott, in 2012; his son, Jeffrey Scott and his wife, Susan; three brothers, Wally, Harold and Edward Scott; and a sister, Margaret Trabits. Joseph is survived by his children, Pam Phalin (Tom), of Bethel Park, Joe Scott (Jane), of Saginaw Mich., Janet Jupena (Bruce), of Level Green, and Suzanne Kalna (Scott), of West Newton; and his seven grandchildren, Joshua Scott, Virginia "Ginny" Scott, Jordan, Jarad and Jevin Jupena; and twins, Wyatt and Chloe Kalna. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford. Interment with military honors will be at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, (412)372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Stairs, George R. 93

  • Norvelt
  • Born: 1920-12-06
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • George Ray Stairs, 93, of Norvelt, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Latrobe Hospital, surrounded by his family. Born Dec. 6, 1920, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late Ray and Myrtle (Begonia) Stairs. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald (Varlee) Stairs; son-in-law, Harry F. Prue; and nephew, Donald Stairs. George was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, New Stanton. He graduated from East Huntington High School in 1938, where he was quite the track star participating in the half mile and pole vault and claimed to have never lost a debate. George was a World War II veteran, having served as an officer in the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company L in Italy and France. The 442nd has the proud distinction of being the most decorated unit in the war. He was in four major battles, Rhineland, Po Valley, Appennine and Rome-Arno and earned the following: Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with Four Battle Stars, two Unit Presidential Citations and one Combat Infantry Badge. He was also named an "honorary Texan" for rescuing the Texas Lost Battalion. The unit's slogan, "Go for broke," served them well. Throughout his life, Lt. Stairs always spoke with utmost respect for the Nisei, Japanese-Americans, with whom he served. He was a genuine war hero, but was never eager to speak about his war experiences and would say something like, "The good old days are not always the good old days. I lost many good buddies in the war." Then he would follow it with, "I prefer to look at life through the windshield rather than the rearview mirror." Prior to retirement, he had been employed by l-T-E (now ABB), in Greensburg for more than 33 years. George always stayed busy with many hobbies and interests that included fly tying, hunting, fishing, wood working, gardening, wine making, Jeopardy at 7 p.m., rooting for the Steelers and Penguins and he never gave up on the Pirates. He was the loving husband of 68 years to Evelyn M. (Crouse) Stairs, whom he married Jan. 24, 1946. Also surviving are three daughters, Virginia A. Prue, Connie R. (Dennis) Baluh, both of Norvelt, Lori L. (Dave) Ball, of Irwin; son, Roger (Gail) Stairs, of Florida; 10 grandchildren, Randy, Scott and Brook Prue, Jeremy and Brandon Baluh and Bethany (Baluh) Black, Nathan Stairs, Jenna (Stairs) Simmons, Summer (Stairs) Clark and Joshua Ball; nine great-grandchildren, Shelby, Jacob, Savannah, Edina and Danica Prue, Brianna and Brynlee Baluh, Grace Black and Jax Simmons; nephew, David Stairs; niece, Debbie Stairs; great-nephew, Donald Stairs; and great-niece, Maria. George/Lt. Stairs/Dad/Grandfather/Great-Grandfather will be greatly missed by all those that had the honor and good fortune of knowing him. He was a Godly man, a true scholar of the Bible who served his Lord faithfully. Family and friends will be received 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674, where his funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the Rev. Donald Simpson officiating. Military accolades that are so justly deserved will be extended to the departed veteran at 12:15 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Entombment is to follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post 446. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of George may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Wapiennik, Carl E. 57

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1957-07-02
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Stump Funeral Home, Rostraver Township | Get Directions
  • Carl Eric Wapiennik, 57, of Rostraver Township, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in Pittsburgh on July 2, 1957, he was the son of Carl F. and Elva B.(Bartron) Wapiennik, who survive and reside in Rostraver Township. Carl Eric graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in economics and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Pitt. He was a sales associate for Crossmark Marketing Company. He formerly was a general manager for Hills Department Store and a regional manager for Intercraft Frames Company in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Donora, and was a past coach and president of the Belle Vernon Youth Soccer Club. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Deirdre R. “Dee” Wapiennik; son, Ryan T. Wapiennik; daughter, Hannah C. Wapiennik; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ellen L. and Kim V. Steadman; niece, Gabriella “Gabby” Steadman; and nephew, Tyler Steadman all of Rostraver Township. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934, http://www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Beverly Frank officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.
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Yasurek, Harry J. 60

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1953-12-26
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Lopatich, Latrobe | Get Directions
  • Harry J. Yasurek, 60, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence. He was born Dec. 26, 1953, in Latrobe, a son of the late Paul R. Yasurek and Dora (Eamigh) Yasurek Wilburn. Harry had worked at Specialty Bar Products, Blairsville, and formerly worked at American Candy Co., Latrobe. He was a member of Derry Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion Post No. 515, Bradenville Amvets and the Derry Ukrainian Club. Harry enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working on cars and being with his cat, "Precious." Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, James Roy Wilburn. Harry is survived by two daughters, Misty L. Yasurek and her fiance, Christopher Myers, of Latrobe, and Tina M. Rose and her husband, Matthew, of Blairsville; one brother, Paul "Dickie" Yasurek and his wife, Linda, of Blairsville; four sisters, Nancy Huffman, of Latrobe, Jamie Allison and her husband, Alan, of Latrobe, Bonnie Dornauer and her husband, James, of Ligonier, and Lisa Yasurek and her fiance, Henry Swank, of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Taylor Myers, Bentley Rose and Mercedes Rose; the mother of his children, Linda (Vargulish) Freeland and her fiance, Rick Smith, of Derry; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Justin Matro OSB, officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, New Derry. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com.
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Armstrong County

Cashdollar, Miriam 75

  • Shelocta
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Clark Chapel, Elderton | Get Directions
  • Miriam Cashdollar, 75, of Shelocta, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and being handled by CLARK CHAPEL OF THE BAUER FUNERAL HOME INC. A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition. For more information, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Morgan, Jennie L. 79

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1935-04-03
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Welch, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Jennie Lee Morgan, 79, of Ford City, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the Kittanning Care Center. She was born April 3, 1935, in Ford City, the daughter of the late J. Delmar and E. Pearle (Woodside) Morgan. Jennie Lee was a member of the Ford Memorial United Methodist Church, Ford City, where she served as treasurer for 13 years, and was a past president of the United Methodist Women. She also was a former Sunday school teacher. Jennie Lee worked for the Easter Seal Society of Armstrong County for 23 years. She was also devoted for many years for causes for the disabled, and was appointed by Governor Milton Shapp to the White House Conference for Handicapped Individuals in 1977. She graduated from Ford City High School and was inducted into the Ford City Hall of Fame in 1991. She was a past president of the Kittanning Business and Professional Women's Club. She was a member of the Board of the Ford City Food Bank and also worked for the food bank for four years. She is survived by her niece, Barbara Morgan, of Elderton, and nephew, Donald Morgan, of Dallas, Texas. The family would like to send a special thank you to Jennie Lee's caregivers, Shirley, Brenda, Christine, Kay and her nospice nurses. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James; and sister-in-law, Ann Morgan. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, and from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City. The Rev. Alison Berkey will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Burrell Township. To send an online condolence, please visit http://www.welchfh.com.
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Nicoda, Lewis 87

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1927-01-16
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Lewis Nicoda, 87, of Ford City, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his residence. Born Jan. 16, 1927, in Ford City, he was a son of the late Frank and Julia Gruber Nicoda. Lewis served in the Army during World War II, participating in the occupation of Okinawa, Japan. He was employed at Works No. 6 PPG Industries for 20 years for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a safety inspector for the Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety, Department of Labor and Industry. He was a member of Ford City VFW and the Worthington American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and golfing. He is survived by his wife, Jean Martinez Nicoda; daughter, Lisa Foertsch and husband, Norman; granddaughter, Lauren Foertsch; and sister, Mary Ann Romanchek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Nicoda; half sister, Helen Balabazer Lloyd; and half brothers, Frank, Zeke and Tony Balabazer. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, where a prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Prince of Peace Parish, with Father Bryan Summers as celebrant. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery. In memory of Lewis, family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Ondrusek, Paul C. 78

  • Ford City
  • Born: 1935-09-04
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Paul C. (P.O.) Ondrusek, 78, of Ford City, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Our Family Home. He was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Ford City, to Martin and Mary (Totas) Ondrusek. Mr. Ondrusek worked at several places, most recently PPG Industries and Ford City Borough. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the Navy. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church of Ford City. He was a member of the Eagles, VFW Legion and Latin American Club, all in Ford City, and the Polish Falcons. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and just enjoyed his family, friends and neighbors. He was the husband of Jacqueline Minteer Ondrusek, who died in 1996. Survivors include two daughters, Robin and Lenny Flack, of Raleigh, N.C., and Kellie and Paul Campbell; four grandchildren, Kara and Darren Catalfamo, Cody Stitt, Kasey Stitt and Steven Aries and Shelby Campbell; four great-grandchildren, Sofie, Allie, Madison and Abigail; and a very close dear friend and companion, Sandra Hutchison, of Ford City; and brother, Andrew, of Youngstown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline; his parents; brothers, August, Anthony, Joseph and Thomas; and five sisters, Victoria, Barbara, Mary, Anna and Theresa. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Father Bryan Summers, officiating. Interment will be at Holy Trinity.
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Watterson, Martha 45

  • Kittanning
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Martha Watterson, 45, of Kittanning, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital. Arrangements by Mantini Funeral Home, Ford City, are incomplete.
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Butler County

Joyce, James W. 87

  • Valencia , Formerly of Garfield
  • Born: 1927-07-20
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • James W. "Jim" Joyce, 87, of Valencia, formerly of the Garfield neighborhood in Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Born July 20, 1927, he was a loving son of William and Nora (Long) Joyce. He was the beloved husband of 63 years of Mary K. (O'Donnell) Joyce; dear father of James P. (Wyline) Joyce and the Rev. Michael J. Joyce, OFM Cap.; proud grandfather of Sherrianne (Jay) Haulbold and Colleen (Jerry) Moore; great-grandfather of Crystle and Caitlin Lavine, Erin Haulbold, William, Patrick and Michael Moore; and special dad of Nancy and Andy Gallick. Jim was preceded in death by his three brothers, Michael, John and William Joyce. James proudly served in the Navy during World War II. Jim later became a police officer for many years with the Pittsburgh Police. He was a 50-year member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt No. 1. Jim enjoyed fishing down in Florida, vacationing to Stone Harbor, N.J., and spending time with his family. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007, where a vigil service will be held at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002, where his son, the Rev. Michael J. Joyce, OFM Cap, will officiate. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Holy Sepulcher School and the Faith Formation Department, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road, Butler, PA 16002. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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McCandless, Gerald Pete D. 87

  • Mars
  • Born: 1927-08-21
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Gerald D. "Pete" McCandless, 87, of Mars, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, 2014, at the Arbors of Valencia Woods. Born Aug. 21, 1927, in Jackson Township, he was a son of the late Harold and Olive Lutz McCandless. Pete was a Glazier for Glaziers Local 751, working at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. He was a member of Old Union Presbyterian Church, had served in the Navy during World War II, and was a life member of Mars VFW Post 7505, a 58 year member of the Evans City American Legion Post 219 and a 56 year member of John E. Mair Lodge 729 F and AM. Surviving are two daughters, Paula Condon and her husband, David, and Robin Kennedy and her husband, Brian, both of Mars; a daughter-in-law, Veronica McCandless, of Shaler Township; his grandchildren, Ryan McCandless and his wife, Jolene, Jason McCandless and his wife, Nicole, Heather Hieserich and her husband, Tim, Krista Boyd and her husband, Klavin, Matthew Kennedy and his wife, Leandra and Melissa Howells and her husband, Russ; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Luntz and her husband, Lee of Houston, Texas, and Lois Nye, of Fombell; a brother, Harold Richard McCandless, of Denton, Texas; a special friend, Ruth Kennedy Jones, of Mars; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn "Pooch" Davidson McCandless, whom he married June 3, 1948, and who died Jan. 8, 2004; a son, Paul D. McCandless; and a brother, Howard McCandless. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Old Union Church, 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046, with the Rev. Peter deVries, pastor, officiating. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park, Butler. Memorials may be made to Quality EMS, 222 Brickyard Road, Mars, PA 16046 or Old Union Presbyterian Church. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Tenos, George A. 90

  • Formerly of Cranberry Township
  • Born: 1923-10-28
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • George A. Tenos, 90, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Cranberry Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Born Oct. 28, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late John and Inez (McClure) Tenos. George graduated from West View High School and Graceland University. While serving as a Navy pilot and navigator during World War II, the Mexican government awarded him the "Merito Naval" Naval Merit Medal for the rescue of the Mexican vessel, Marmex and its crew. Mr. Tenos spent 20 years in the landscape business and more than 30 years as a broker in real estate. He was a pilot and was once a member of the Condor Aero Club in Zelienople. His main passion was ministry and he served as pastor at various times in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Beechview and the North Hills. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Dorothy J. (Raisbeck) Tenos, of Jacksonville, Fla., (previously of North Hills); his children, Gregory (Mary) Tenos, of Cranberry Township, Gary (Janet) Tenos, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lorrie M. Tenos, of Columbia, Md.; grandchildren, Michael (Cassie) Tenos, Stacey (David) Jessee, Charlotte (Benjamin) Lopez and Deidre Tenos; great-granddaughters, Mallory Jessee, Aubrey Tenos and Keira Tenos. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his brother, John E. Tenos. George's family will welcome friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the Community of Christ Church, 3321 Wexford Road (Route 910 and Babcock Boulevard) in Gibsonia, with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. He will be privately laid to rest at Allegheny County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4114 Sunbeam Road, Building 400, Jacksonville, FL 32257 (http://www.communityhospice.com). Arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Please visit http://www.kingfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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Fayette County

Galik, Kathleen M. 70

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1944-02-14
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Kathleen M. Galik, 70, of Connellsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late, Stephen Louis and Angela Geraldine (Loughran) Galik. Kathleen was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1962. After, she was a clerical worker for various companies. She was a devote Catholic and a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville. She served the church as a Eucharistic Minister, choir member and as a member of Christian Mothers. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, her pets and classical music. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Michael Galik. She is survived by six siblings, John T. "Jack" Galik and wife, Geraldine, Stephen T. "Tim" Galik, Elaine (Galik) Sidders and companion, Frank Rokosz, of Florida, James J. "Jim" Galik and significant other, Jean Slusser, Regis A "Rege" Galik and Patrick E. "Pat" Galik and wife, Darlene; and also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Private interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Connellsville.
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Lint, William G. 91

  • Vanderbilt
  • Born: 1923-01-05
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • William G. Lint, 91, of Vanderbilt, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Scottdale Manor Rehab in Scottdale. He was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Vanderbilt, a son of the late Ernest and Eliza Hutzell Lint. Bill retired from Connellsville Sportswear after 15 years in the maintenance department. He was then self-employed as a plumbing and electrical contractor in his own family business. Bill was a World War II Army veteran, having served throughout Europe, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and EAME Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star. Bill was a charter and life member of DL and V Fire Department, past president and member of Fayette County Firefighters Association, having served from 1975 to 1976 as president. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and all sports. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mabel Miller Lint; two daughters, Joyce King and husband, Thomas, of Columbus, Ohio, Debra Leighty and husband, Gene, of Connellsville; two sons, Glenn Lint and wife, Marlene, of Connellsville, and Scott Lint and wife, Jennifer, of Seattle, Wash.; grandsons, Brian King and wife, Tracy, of Lima, Ohio, Troy Leighty and wife, Robin, of Westmoreland City, Todd Leighty and wife, Christa, of North Huntingdon; great-grandchildren, Zoe King, Mattie King, Shane Leighty and Gavin Leighty; a sister, Dorothy Drumm, of Erie; sisters-in-law, Doris Lint and husband, Jim, of Scottdale, Edith Lint, of Dunbar Township; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by brothers, Lenus, John and Eugene Lint; sisters, Lapheulia Rock, Flora Eruin, Alice Lint and Annabelle Clem. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the hour of service with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment will follow in Greenridge Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Amedisys Home and Hospice Care, Scottdale Manor Rehab, Dr. Richard Tiberio and Always Care Pittsburgh. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Minerd, James W. 80

  • Dunbar
  • Born: 1933-09-01
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Burhans-Crouse, Dunbar | Get Directions
  • James W. Minerd, 80, of Dunbar, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at home. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home, with Pastor Lee Maley officiating. Interment to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Special thanks to Dr. Krafty, Highlands Hospital and Amedysis Hospice, especially Rita and Kathy.
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Rohal, Vera M. 91

  • Leisenring
  • Born: 1922-09-02
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Fink, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Vera M. Rohal, 91, of Leisenring, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at her residence. She was born Sept. 2, 1922, in Smock, a daughter of the late Harry and Zedell (Dodson) Doppelheuer. She was a loving homemaker and a member of the Leisenring Presbyterian Church. She was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary, Barstow, Calif., and the Odd Fellows. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Yagla; sons, Harry Sonny and Patrick J. Yagla; grandsons, Bobby Jo and Braden Yagla; and a sister, Jane. She is survived by three children, Helen J. Yagla, of Connellsville, Karen A. Yagla and Thomas A. Yagla, both of Leisenring; and also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in her church, Leisenring Presbyterian Church, with her Pastor, Rick Watson, officiating. Private interment will be held in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
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Saunders, Janet E. 61

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1952-09-10
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Martucci, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Janet E. Saunders, 61, of Connellsville (Wheeler), died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Highlands Hospital, with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 10, 1952, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late John and Sara (Krynak) Watson Sr. Janet is survived by her husband of 41 years, William Saunders; her three daughters, Patricia Watson, Erica Saunders and fiance, Steve Rugg, and Michele Saunders-Zerilla and husband, Brandon, all of Connellsville; two brothers, Thomas Watson and wife, Linda, of West Virginia, and Bruce Watson, of Chicago, Ill.; an aunt, Audubon Raubaugh and husband, James; grandchild and caregiver, Kearra Porterfield; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by two brothers, James and Johnny Watson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, the hour of services, in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. 1st St., West Side, Connellsville, 724-628-9033, with the Rev. Nathaniel H. Milton officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park. To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at http://www.martuccifuneralhome.com.
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Washington County

Ducoli, James E. Sr. 81

  • New Eagle
  • Born: 1932-12-24
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Marra Marshall Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • James E. Ducoli Sr., 81, of New Eagle, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Havencrest Nursing Center, Carroll Township. Born Dec. 24, 1932, in Coupon, Pa., he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Grace (McMillan) Ducoli. Jim worked as a Craneman for Monongahela Iron and Metal until his retirement. He served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He enjoyed go to flea markets, working as an auctioneer and once owned JD Treasures in Monongahela. Surviving are his best friend and companion, Dorothy Condie of New Eagle; a son,James E. Ducoli Jr. of Monongahela; and a daughter, Chantal and husband, John Ofcansky of Charleroi; two grandsons, Jonathan and Jimmy Joe Ducoli; a brother, Robert Ducoli of Detroit. Preceding him in death was his brother, Joseph Ducoli. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at the First Baptist Church, 6th and Main streets, Monongahela, PA 15063, Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Schollaert officiating. The MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at marshallmarrafuneralhome.com.
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Loftus, William 94

  • Donora
  • Born: 1920-07-07
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Massafra Funeral Home, Donora | Get Directions
  • William "Harry" Loftus, 94, of Donora, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Havencrest Nursing Center in Carroll Township. He was born July 7, 1920, in Donora, the son of the late John and Ann Regina (Tickle) Loftus. Harry served with the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a member of the Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora and the Donora Elks BPOE Lodge No. 1265. In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Francis) Loftus on Aug. 7, 2014; five sisters, Eileen Loftus, Catherine Stancoven, Delia Pasquale, Jean Reid and Margaret Harvey; also three brothers, Tom, John and James Loftus. Survivors include his son, Thomas Loftus of Donora; two grandsons, Thomas Loftus of San Francisco, Calif., and Joseph Loftus of Paoli, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled by ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, http://www.massafrafuneralhome.com, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Valley Church at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, with the Rev. Father Pierre M. Falkenhan as celebrant. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. The Donora Elks will conduct services on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
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Ciglar, David John 50

  • Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Died: 2014-08-16
  • Funeral Home: Companion Funeral Service, Cleveland, Tenn. | Get Directions
  • David John Ciglar, 50, of Cleveland, passed away on August 16, 2014. He was born in Charleroi. David was a graduate of Monessen High School, with the Class of 1982. He was a longtime employee of Coca-Cola. David enjoyed gardening, football, music, roller coasters and traveling with his wife. He always knew how to bring a smile to the faces of his family, coworkers and friends. David was preceded in death by his father, John E. Ciglar. He is survived by his loving wife, Laura; and daughter, Ariana; his mother, Betty Ciglar; sister, Barbara; and brother, Thomas, as well as numerous members of his extended family, including seven nephews and one niece, that he loved dearly. Per his wishes, there will be no public service. You are encouraged to share a memory of David and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at http://www.companionfunerals.com.
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Elliott, David

  • Fort Myers, Fla. , Formerly of Cape Coral
  • Born: 1922-02-26
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bauer, Kittanning | Get Directions
  • David Elliott, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Cape Coral, Fla., and Kittanning, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at his home in Fort Myers. He was born Feb. 26, 1922, in Brownsville, a son of David Edward and Olive Elizabeth (Deems) Elliott, and grew up in Beallsville. Mr. Elliott was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church of Cape Coral. David was a contractor; he and his wife formerly owned Henry Shaffer Lumber Co. of Kittanning. After retiring from the construction business, he raised Simmental Cattle on his farm near Mosgrove. Previously, he was a school teacher for Shannock Valley High School. David served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 244, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral and previously served as President of the Kittanning Rotary Club. Mr. Elliott was a member of the Palmetto Pine Country Club of Cape Coral. David had a variety of interests, from antique furniture to woodworking tools and enjoyed travelling with his wife, Jean. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 49 years, Jean Elliott, whom he married Oct. 16, 1965; two sons, Dr. David M. Elliott and wife, Lois, of McCandless, and Timothy E. Elliott and wife, Patricia, of Plano, Texas; one daughter, Jill DesJardins and husband, Richard, of Sandia Park, N.M.; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Glendening and husband, Charles, of Butler, and Linda Smithe and husband, Brian Ducharme; six grandchildren, Schuyler Kidd, Shannon Tieppo, Andrew Glendening, Meredith Glendening, Brett Ducharme, and Eric "Biff" Ducharme; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert E. Elliott, of Kerrville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Jeane Carson Elliott, who died in 1964; and a son, Jeffrey Carson Elliott, in 1953. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the BAUER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 515 N. McKean St., where funeral services will be held at noon, with the Rev. Dana Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the Rural Valley Cemetery, Rural Valley, Armstrong County. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. To leave an online condolence for David's family, visit http://www.bauerfuneral.com.
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Golobish, Andrew 50

  • Sacramento, Calif. , Formerly of Herminie
  • Born: 1963-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Andrew Golobish, 50, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Herminie, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Reno, Nev. Andy was born Nov. 5, 1963, in Greensburg, to the late Rudy and Dorothy Oberley Golobish. Andy graduated from Yough High School in 1981, he attended Penn State University then served his country in the Marine Corps, "Semper Fi." He worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, JL Screen printing and lastly for Greyhound Bus Co. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Rae; stepdaughter, Christina Rae; grandson, Tristan Noel; and 12 brothers and sisters, Judy, Larry, David, Patty, Rudy, Karen, Ginger, Randy, Daniel, his twin, Albert, Samuel and Tammy. Included in Andy's surviving family are his siblings' spouses; many nieces and nephews; extended family; and his former wife, Alba. Andy was a good, loving, caring, compassionate, loyal and trustworthy man. He was diehard Steelers fan and avid golfer. His daughters describe him as, "A big teddy bear with a heart of gold." His brother, Al, describes him as, "My strength, my better half, my best friend, companion for life and my heart." Andy will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The viewing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME, on Sewickley Ave. in Herminie, where service for the celebration of Andy's life will immediately follow at 4 p.m. There will be a gathering of his family at Hilltop Methodist Church in Madison following the service. Please consider a memorial gift of your choice in Andy's name to your charity of choice in lieu of flowers.
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Knippenburg, Terpola 86

  • Sun City Center, Fla.
  • Born: 1928-02-15
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: National Cremation And Burial | Get Directions
  • Terpola "Terry" Knippenburg, of Sun City Center, Fla., died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Harold Knippenburg. She was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Connellsville. After leaving Connellsville High School, Terry matriculated at Maryland College for Women for two years, and then attended the University of Maryland to obtain her high school teaching degree. Upon completion of this bachelor's degree in 1949, she began her career teaching in Hyattsville, Md., for several years. When her husband transferred to Detroit, Mich., in 1954, she joined him and continued teaching at Allen Park high School. In 1960, she obtained her master's degree from the University of Michigan in counseling. Terry retired from this position in 1985. She later was elected as a school board member at Allen Park High School. Terry and Harold moved to Florida, establishing residency in Sun City Center in 1995. Arrangements entrusted to National Cremation and Burial Society.
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O'Brien, Gary D. 61

  • Schaumburg, Ill. , Formerly of Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-05-03
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Gary D. O'Brien, 61, of Schaumburg, Ill., formerly of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Schaumburg. He was born May 3, 1953, in Greensburg, a son of the late Theodore J. and Dorothy J. (Davis) O'Brien. He was a partner and owner in P.O. Food Specialists and was Lutheran by Faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl A. Ferrari O'Brien, in 1993. He is survived by his son, Chris D. O'Brien, of Elk Grove, Ill.; a daughter, Lauren N. Gizzi and her husband, Alex, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; a brother, Bruce E. O'Brien and his wife, Dena, of Latrobe; three sisters, Barbara Williams and her husband, Fred, of San Antonio, Texas, Pamela Naples and her husband, Jay, of Greensburg, and Staci M. Bush and her husband, Jason, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A funeral service will begin at noon Saturday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. http://www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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Troggio, Guido Guy J. 91

  • New Castle
  • Born: 1923-01-22
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Decarbo, New Castle | Get Directions
  • Guido J. "Guy" Troggio, 91, of New Castle, passed away the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Edison Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 22, 1923, in Mohawk, he was a son of the late Fortunato and Romana Bondi Troggio. On Sept. 6, 1946, he married his beloved wife, the former A. Jane Iatonna, and the two spent 60 wonderful years together until she preceded him in death, Oct. 6, 2006. After more than 45 years of working, Guy retired as a partner and Vice President of Davis International Construction Co. He belonged to St. Joseph the Worker Church. He also previously served his country as a member of the Air Force as a B-29 and B-17 pilot. Even after his military service, Guy loved being a pilot. He enjoyed boating, bocce and playing his harmonica, but his greatest joy came from spending time with his family. Guy is survived by his sons, Larry Troggio and wife, Charlene, of New Castle, and Thomas Troggio and wife, Connie of Cave Creek, Ariz.; sister, Margaret Copple, of New Castle; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lee and Reggie Troggio. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at ED AND DON DECARBO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 941 S. Mill St., New Castle. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct military rites at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Interment will take place at Castleview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Online condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
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